Macao

Macao

DVD - 2007
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In the notorious Far East port of Macao, a mysterious American adventurer helps a detective hunt down an elusive gangster.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, Inc., c2007.
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9781419844331
1419844334
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm.

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Bang_On
Jan 15, 2018

Believe me - 1952's "Macao" (a cliched and predictably routine "boy-meets-girl" crime-drama set in China) was the sort of film where you'd swear that all of the main actors had, literally, phoned their performances in. It's true.

I found that this was especially so of Macao's 2 super-sexy leads, Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell. I mean - The truth is - These 2 hot lookers just weren't right for this picture, at all. No way, Jose.

As I understand it - Part of the answer to all of these "phone-in" performances came down the tyrannical rule on the set by director, Josef Von Sternberg. Apparently he and Mitchum were in constant conflict with one another throughout Macao's entire shooting.

*Note* - Be sure to watch the bonus extra on this disc of TCM host, Robert Osborne interviewing Mitchum in 1996. Mitchum was 78 at the time and you would never recognize him, ever. He died the following year.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 13, 2015

Interesting 1952 film noire set in the former Portuguese colony in China. Robert Mitchum and William Bendix are excellent - and Jane Russell too and is fabulously beautiful (never really caught on to her before).

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